Category Archives: Fireworks

WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR AROUND THE WORLD

New Year here in the UK is of course time for the adults to celebrate having spent weeks shopping for gifts and food for Christmas, it is time to let your hair down.

Of course, we are all aware of how the UK celebrates and when but around the World of course, in some cases more than half a day ahead of us, there are countries popping the champagne and filling the skies with fireworks as 2018 arrives.

The first country to see in the New Year is Samoa but preceded by Kiritimati (aka Christmas Island) at 10 in the morning (UK time) and the last are some of the more remote islands off the coast of the USA.

Here in the UK, Scotland has ‘first footing’ which is a tradition in which the first person to cross the threshold should be a tall, dark male and he should carry coal, a coin or two, an evergreen branch (a Scottish pine or similar) shortbread or oat biscuits and of course a ‘wee dram’. The list of ‘gifts’ is an odd one but they all represent different things for the year ahead. The coal is for warmth, the coin is for wealth, the evergreen for long life and health, shortbread for food and the dram for good cheer and a little bon vivant.

In order of when midnight strikes in each country here you go:

SAMOA 10AM
NEW ZEALAND 11AM
AUSTRALIA MID-DAY – 1PM (HUGE COUNTRY NUMEROUS TIMEZONES)
JAPAN 3PM
CHINA 4PM
THAILAND 5PM
BANGLADESH 6PM
INDIA 6.30PM
PAKISTAN 7PM
AFGHANISTAN 7.30PM
RUSSIA (MOSCOW) 9PM
GREECE 10PM
GERMANY AND MOST EUROPEAN CAPITALS 11PM
UK 12 MIDNIGHT

Whilst a great many of them around the globe will celebrate with fireworks they also have a few ‘oddities’.

In Japan, it is tradition to ring bells 108 times whereas over in Spain, they eat one grape on each strike of the clock to midnight for 12 months of good health. In Denmark, you would not be surprised to wake up to plates smashed on the doorstep whereas over in Bucharest, children dress as bears to protect and heal. They all, in their own way, go towards hoping that the forthcoming year will be good and we will all be blessed with good health, wealth and warmth which is not a bad thing.

If you are looking for some fireworks to drive out those evil spirits (or to get you to imbibe a few more of the bottled kind of spirit) then we have a massive range of fireworks to get you in the party mood. With everything from a single massive rocket to a display in a box, we are bound to have something to suit. Please note that if you are either in the Highlands or in deepest darkest Cornwall, please make sure your order is received in plenty of time to get the goodies to you to avoid disappointment.

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THE UK CELEBRATES THE START OF THE FESTIVE SEASON WITH FIREWORKS

Fireworks for both Christmas and New Year celebrations have really taken off since the upsurge in sales for the millennium. Seventeen years on and their popularity continues to grow.

This year sees three of the largest cities in Great Britain celebrating Christmas with fireworks. The Christmas Spectacular show is taking part at three venues as follows:

WEDNESDAY 20th DECEMBER 2017 – MANCHESTER

FRIDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2017 – GLASGOW

SATURDAY 23rd DECEMBER 2017 – BIRMINGHAM

They will all be holding a Christmas Spectacular including incredible classical music and accompanied by orchestra accompanying fantastic singers, excerpts from such beautiful compositions as La
Boheme and the Nutcracker suite and familiar favourite carols to sing along with.

The fireworks are indoor so technically stage pyrotechnics but beautiful nonetheless.

Get along to your local theatre for a pre-Christmas treat to remember.

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FIREWORKS MARK £600M MERSEY GATEWAY BRIDGE OPENING

When it comes to celebrations, it seems the whole world wants to celebrate with fireworks and why not; all the best, most memorable things in life need to be acknowledged and who forgets a big fireworks display.

Mersey Gateway Project Bridge Now Open 13th October 2017

The new Mersey Gateway, costing a cool £600 million is such an example, saving the good folk of Runcorn and Merseyside a long detour around nowadays with a small cost. Presently, most locals use the Runcorn-Widnes bridge which is in desperate need of repair. It is hoped that the opening of the new bridge will allow the closure of the older bridge, which will be revamped and opened again, but with the introduction of toll’s coming into place for both bridges, locals are up in arms already. You would think that getting an extra half hour in bed each morning would be worth the £2 toll charge, but not all agree. The residents of Halston get to pay a one-off £10 annual fee to cover the tolls, but still, think the tolls put in place will damage the local economy as it is felt that a lot of visitors will avoid the area because of travel costs.

Mersey Gateway Project Bridge Now Open 13th October 2017

The bridge will reduce congestion on the previously incredibly busy stretch which is again a plus for all concerned saving time and time for businesses equals money. Along with the new bridge, a new automatic number plate recognition technology will replace toll booths, easing bottlenecks with good links to the local John Lennon airport exports across the world will be easier to expedite.

Mersey Gateway Project Bridge Now Open 13th October 2017

Whatever your feelings are about the politics with regards to the introduction of the new toll’s, you can’t argue that the firework display was pretty impressive, with what seems to be the national colour of the area, red, starting off the show with high bursting peonies leading into trailing comets, before gold takes over to finish the display in regal style.

Let’s finally show some empathy for the poor guy left to design the show, which was seen across the World by a bevvy of international firework fans, when the realisation hit him that it was going to be held on Friday the 13th!

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